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News from the Network: Connecting with Medical Students

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During March, RHAP’s Network members gathered at the annual American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Conference in Washington, D.C., a national conference that brings together medical and pre-med students to network, attend workshops, explore new skills, and meet clinicians from various medical fields.

We were able to host a booth for the first time at this year’s conference. We had the opportunity to connect with students who are interested in practicing and passionate about reproductive health care. While RHAP’s programs generally focus on post-residency clinicians, we love chatting to folks new to the field about our work and our programs – everyone has to start somewhere!

The second day of AMSA was all hands on deck for our Papaya Workshop Sessions! RHAP Network members facilitated two back-to-back workshops for medical students. Attendees were able to learn more about patient-centered counseling, debunk clinical misconceptions of manual vacuum aspiration abortion, and receive in-depth support from our facilitators throughout the entire hands-on workshop. We look forward to attending next year!

The Reproductive Health Access Network is RHAP’s Community of over 2,700 primary care clinicians in 46 states who mobilize to expand access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care in their primary care settings. Network members engage in training, advocacy, and peer support both locally and nationally. The Network currently has 23 Clusters (aka chapters) in 22 states through which clinicians who engage in Network activities in their local communities. If you are a clinician and would like to be connected with your local Cluster, or would like to start one in your state, please email Laura Riker, RHAP’s National Organizer.

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